Camera Functions

Exposure Compensation

"Exposure compensation" is the act of deliberately altering exposure from the value suggested by the camera to make pictures brighter or darker. Although in P, S, and A modes, the camera automatically adjusts exposure, the value it selects may not always produce the results you intend. Everyone has her own preferences when it comes to exposure, and you may find that a brighter or darker image is closer to what you intend. If this is the case, use exposure compensation. Digital cameras let you view pictures as you take them, so view the results try again if they're not to your liking, adjusting exposure upwards or downwards for brighter or darker pictures.

Exposure compensation: 0 EV
Exposure compensation: +1.3 EV
Exposure compensation: -1.3 EV


01. To choose a value for exposure compensation, press the Exposure button and rotate the main command dial until the desired value is displayed in the control panel or viewfinder.

Choose from values between –5 EV (underexposure) and +5 EV (overexposure) in increments of 1/3 EV.
02. The current value for exposure compensation can be confirmed in the exposure indicator by pressing the Exposure compensation button.

±0 EV
(the Exposure button pressed)
–0.3 (–1/3) EV
+2.0 EV
At values other than ±0.0, the 0 at the center of the exposure indicators will flash (exposure modes P, S, and A only) and a Exposure compensation icon will be displayed in the viewfinder and control panel after you release the Exposure compensation button.

Normal exposure can be restored by setting exposure compensation to ±0.0. Exposure compensation is not reset when the camera is turned off.

Exposure Compensation: Related Functions

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